Access to capital for an energy-efficiency upgrade need not be an issue. Some upgrades require little funding. For those that do require investment, don't worry; there are many traditional and non-traditional financial resources available. A well-designed upgrade can provide your facility a positive cash flow from energy savings while paying off the investment for new equipment.
For small, inexpensive projects, you may want to use your own internal funds to pay for the upgrade. Depending on your congregation's finances, this could come from your savings, operating budget, or funding raising initiatives. For larger jobs, financing might be the only way to pay for the upgrade. Fortunately, a variety of sources and mechanisms exist to help finance energy-efficiency improvement projects.
Energy-efficient upgrades typically save you money that can be used to pay for the cost of projects.
It's your decision to weigh your competing needs for funds versus continuing increases in operating costs for energy. Remember - even a long-term investment on energy efficiency results in affordable comfort, and new, more reliable equipment that will pay for itself with energy savings. Strategic energy-efficiency investments are your hedge against the certainty of higher utility bills that you cannot control.